What Next for Universal Health Services, Inc. Stock After Today’s Bearish Options Activity?

 What Next for Universal Health Services, Inc. Stock After Today's Bearish Options Activity?

In today’s session Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) recorded an unusually high (363) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the October, 2016 put, expecting serious UHS decrease. With 363 contracts traded and 3184 open interest for the Oct, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: UHS161021P00120000 closed last at: $2 or 7% down. About 519,551 shares traded hands. Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) has risen 2.20% since March 3, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.15% the S&P500.

Analysts await Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) to report earnings on October, 25. They expect $1.69 EPS, up 10.46% or $0.16 from last year’s $1.53 per share. UHS’s profit will be $163.53M for 17.67 P/E if the $1.69 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.94 actual EPS reported by Universal Health Services, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -12.89% negative EPS growth.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) Ratings Coverage

Out of 12 analysts covering Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE:UHS), 8 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 4 “Hold”. This means 67% are positive. Universal Health Services Inc. has been the topic of 22 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. KeyBanc Capital Markets upgraded Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) on Thursday, October 1 to “Overweight” rating. The stock has “Outperform” rating given by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, October 29. Sterne Agee CRT upgraded the shares of UHS in a report on Wednesday, March 2 to “Neutral” rating. The company was upgraded on Monday, June 13 by Ladenburg Thalmann. Mizuho maintained it with “Buy” rating and $150 target price in Thursday, April 28 report. The stock of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) earned “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan on Wednesday, September 16. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, August 5 by Zacks. Mizuho maintained Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) on Friday, July 31 with “Buy” rating. Mizuho maintained Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) rating on Friday, January 22. Mizuho has “Buy” rating and $140 price target. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, August 4 by RBC Capital Markets.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “The principal business of Universal Health Services, Inc. is owning and operating acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, ambulatory surgery centers, radiation oncology centers and women’s centers. Services provided by the Company’s hospitals include general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services and behavioral health services.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 1.01 in Q2 2016. Its up 0.01, from 1 in 2016Q1. The ratio is positive, as 34 funds sold all Universal Health Services, Inc. shares owned while 165 reduced positions. 54 funds bought stakes while 147 increased positions. They now own 81.01 million shares or 3.65% less from 84.07 million shares in 2016Q1.
Sequoia Financial Advisors Ltd Llc has invested 0.08% of its portfolio in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS). Fifth Third Savings Bank accumulated 83 shares or 0% of the stock. Invesco Limited holds 0.09% of its portfolio in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) for 1.73 million shares. 1832 Asset Mgmt L P has 0.02% invested in the company for 41,262 shares. Citadel Limited reported 3,149 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Mckinley Carter Wealth Svcs holds 16,478 shares or 1.15% of its portfolio. Pictet Asset has 46,845 shares for 0.02% of their US portfolio. The Ontario – Canada-based Td Asset Mgmt has invested 0.05% in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS). Bamco Ny last reported 195,584 shares in the company. Maverick Limited reported 2.77M shares or 5.04% of all its holdings. Moreover, Comerica Bank & Trust has 0.09% invested in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) for 79,462 shares. National Bank Of America De has 0.02% invested in the company for 499,372 shares. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale has 32,734 shares for 0.05% of their US portfolio. Zacks Mngmt holds 73,256 shares or 0.3% of its portfolio. Loomis Sayles & Lp holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) for 111,544 shares.

Insider Transactions: Since May 4, 2016, the stock had 0 insider buys, and 6 selling transactions for $9.46 million net activity. FILTON STEVE sold $2.04M worth of stock or 15,000 shares. HERRELL JOHN H had sold 6,000 shares worth $816,540. PANTALEONI ANTHONY had sold 6,995 shares worth $933,902. OSTEEN DEBRA K sold 18,749 shares worth $2.55M. Pember Marvin G. sold $2.19 million worth of stock or 16,105 shares.

Universal Health Services, Inc. is a holding company. The company has a market cap of $11.56 billion. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in owning and operating acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and radiation oncology centers. It has a 16.98 P/E ratio. The Company’s segment is acute care hospital services and behavioral healthcare services.

UHS Company Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc., incorporated on January 8, 1979, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in owning and operating acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and radiation oncology centers. The Company’s segment is acute care hospital services and behavioral healthcare services. The Other segment includes centralized services, including information services, purchasing, reimbursement, accounting, taxation, legal, advertising, design and construction and patient accounting, as well as the operating results for its other operating entities, including outpatient surgery and radiation centers. The Company’s services include general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services and/or behavioral health services. The Firm provides capital resources, as well as a range of management services to its facilities, including central purchasing, information services, finance and control systems, facilities planning, physician recruitment services, administrative personnel management, marketing and public relations. The Firm owns and operates approximately 24 inpatient acute care hospitals, three free-standing emergency departments, and 213 inpatient and 16 outpatient behavioral healthcare facilities. The Firm also manages and owns outright or in partnerships with physicians, approximately four surgical hospitals, and surgery and radiation oncology centers located in four states.

More notable recent Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) news were published by: Prnewswire.com which released: “Universal Health Services, Inc. To Present At Two Upcoming Healthcare Conferences” on August 23, 2016, also Forbes.com with their article: “Universal Health Services Enters Oversold Territory (UHS)” published on August 16, 2016, Forbes.com published: “The Supreme Court’s ‘Universal Health’ Ruling: A Net Win For Federal …” on June 17, 2016. More interesting news about Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) were released by: Prnewswire.com and their article: “Universal Health Services, Inc. Expands Acute Care Operations In Nevada” published on August 16, 2016 as well as Prnewswire.com‘s news article titled: “Universal Health Services, Inc. Reports 2016 First Quarter Financial Results” with publication date: April 27, 2016.

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